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'Cruel but correct' - Magnanimous Corcoran on controversial red card

'Cruel but correct' - Magnanimous Corcoran on controversial red card

In the pantheon of completely ridiculous, over-involved refereeing decisions, the one that essentially decided a UEFA U-17 European Championships semifinal between the Netherlands and Ireland on Monday night belongs pretty close to the top of the list.

While Corcoran denied Redan, referee Proske deemed the goalkeeper to have moved off his line in advance of the shot and surprisingly issued the...

Dutch striker Iwan Redan scored the retake to put his side through to the semi finals.

A distraught Corcoran was eventually helped from the floor and off the pitch by teammates.

The father of the Republic of Ireland U17 player at the centre of the penalty shootout controversy says his son endured a sleepless night.

Republic of Ireland senior manager Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane were both at the game and O'Neill made his way pitchside after the final penalty towards the referee.

Ireland boss Colin O'Brien claims the referee had twice warned the Dutch keeper for moving off the line early without taking action, before carding Corcoran.

The game had finished 1-1 after 120 minutes of action and the save for which Corcoran was punished would have denied Redan a winning goal and provided the Irish with a lifeline.

"It was obvious the consequences of what was after happening, this was a 16-year-old, obviously he was my son but for any child to have to go through that I thought was very harsh". This is football and that's why we play sport; for the ups and downs.

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